The degree is available either full-time over one academic year or part-time over two academic years (commencing September). It comprises three core courses (15 credits each), options to the value of 45 credits chosen by the student in consultation with the degree coordinator, and a dissertation of 15,000 words prepared on a germane topic, with guidance from an assigned supervisor. 

Core courses

All students must take the following:

  • Mediterranean Dynamics (ARCLG206; 15 credits; 11 weeks)
  • Heritage Ethics and Archaeological Practice in the Middle East and Mediterranean (ARCL357; 15 credits; 11 weeks).
  • Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Foundations (ARCLG193; 15 credits; 11weeks)

The core course ‘Mediterranean Dynamics’ is strongly thematic, diachronic, comparative and inter-disciplinary; it encourages students to investigate common denominators in Mediterranean life, and to engage with the region’s rich historiography and diversity of archaeological exploration. The core course ‘Heritage Ethics and Archaeological Practice in the Middle East and Mediterranean, will give students a firm basis on archaeological practice, policy, legislation on heritage and ethical issues. Optional modules then allow students to apply the broader ideas to the specifics of a given sub-region or a specific broad period across the study region, the choice of options being tailored to the student’s specific interests. This degree sets out to attract and challenge students seeking new intellectually and materially-driven approaches to the Mediterranean’s past, whether as a foundation for doctoral research or for intrinsic interest. It is suitable for students interested in the prehistoric, Iron Age, classical or medieval Mediterranean and its cultural heritage.

Option Courses

From an outstanding range of Masters course options, students choose options worth 45 units of credit (usually three 15-credit courses), among which are dedicated Mediterranean archaeology options. At least 30 credits should normally be chosen from the list below of option courses recommended for this degree programme (Please note not all courses are available every year):

  • Mediterranean Prehistory (ARCLG205, 15 credits, 11 weeks; if not taken as a core course)
  • The Transformation of the Roman Mediterranean (ARCLG345, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Aegean Prehistory: major themes and current debates (ARCLG195, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Ancient Italy in the Mediterranean (ARCLG203, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East: a Comparative Approach (ARCLG313, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • British and European Prehistory: Neolithic to Iron Age (ARCLG218, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Egyptian Archaeology: An Object-Based Theoretic Approach (ARCLG200, 30 credits, 22 weeks)
  • Intangible Dimensions of Museum Objects from Egypt (ARCLG342, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Making and Meaning in Ancient Greek Art (ARCLG340, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Making and Meaning in Ancient Roman Art (ARCLG341, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Medieval Archaeology: selected topics and current problems (ARCLG004, 30 credits, 22 weeks)
  • Museum and site interpretation (ARCLG034, 30 credits, 22 weeks)
  • Society and Culture in ancient Egypt (ARCLG226, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • The Neolithic and Early Bronze Age of the Near East: The emergence of villages and urban societies (ARCLG269, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Themes and Debates in Islamic Archaeology and Heritage (ARCLG354, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Current topics (ARCLG194, 15 credits)
  • The Mediterranean World in the Iron Age (ARCLG202, 15 credits, 11 weeks)

The remaining 15 credits may also come from this list or can be chosen from amongst an outstanding range of other Masters courses offered at the UCL Institute of Archaeology or more widely within UCL and the University of London, including the UCL Department of History, the UCL Department of Greek and Latin, the School of Oriental and African Studies, King’s College London, and Royal Holloway College London. All options are subject to availability and resources. 


A dissertation of 15,000 words (90 credits) will be prepared by the student on a suitable topic, resulting from individual research in depth with guidance from an assigned supervisor.

Examples of past dissertation projects include:

· Ancient Italy: a social prehistory of language

· To burn or to bury? Mediterranean inhumation and cremation practices from the Late Bronze Age to the Iron Age.

· Theoretical and practical advances in underwater regional archaeological survey

· A study of Mediterranean exchange routes from an analysis of Phoenician and Etruscan materials in southeastern Iberia

· A stylistic study of ivory figurine heads from Nimrud

· The social and cultural significance of Etruscan female anatomical votives

· A study of Late Prepalatial Crete and interaction with the East Mediterranean

· Archaeological risk management and the Mediterranean

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